Ritz Theatre Company
915 White Horse Pike,
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Actually located in Haddon Township, but listed as being in Oaklyn. Opened in 1927 with 600 seats, the Ritz Theatre was a popular downtown cinema before it went into a period of decline in the 1970’s when it became a venue for adult movies.
When videocassettes became more popular, it spelled the end for many adult theaters, including the Ritz Theatre, which closed in the mid-1980’s.
A local theater company, "Puttin' on the Ritz Inc.", (now the Ritz Theatre Company) began leasing the Ritz Theatre in 1985 and has used the historic movie house as a venue for live theater ever since.
The group purchased the 400-seat Ritz Theatre and restored and renovated the building.
Restorations included the facade of the building and the interior murals, as well as adding seats in the auditorium. The Greek Revival-style Ritz has also been added to the National Register of Historic Places.
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